Tom Monaghan Wins Against HHS Mandate

Tom Monaghan

Tom Monaghan

A federal court in Michigan has reportedly ruled that the founder of Ave Maria University Tom Monaghan may exclude contraception from his employees’ insurance coverage in his personal property management company Domino’s Farms.

Still uncertain is whether Ave Maria, which is also suing the federal government over the HHS mandate, will be exempted as well.

The Michigan court order granted a temporary moratorium on religious grounds for Domino’s Farms — a privately held company headed by Monaghan.

The court order said that forcing Monaghan to choose between his conscience and heavy financial fines is an infringement of his First Amendment rights and “constitutes irreparable injury.”

Monaghan had previously said that the law violates his constitutional rights, and he believed that the mandate “attacks and desecrates a foremost tenet of the Catholic Church” against contraception, sterilization or abortion and that it will “force individuals to violate their deepest held religious beliefs.”


This article was originally published in Campus Notes, the Cardinal Newman Society blog.

Matthew Archbold


Matthew Archbold is a contributing writer to Campus Notes and to National Catholic Register, as well as the co-founder of the popular website, Creative Minority Report.

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  • chaco

    I get the feeling that I should celebrate this victory in “small steps”. I think it’s a by-product of really believing that the masses could see the detriments of Obama’s agenda; “Hidden Holocaust” (abortion) & Redefining marriage. As it turned out, many- not all by any means, didn’t see it and reelected him. A larger view that consoles me is the perspective; that even though instant communication can cause massive effects for evil/ deceipt ie; pornography, it can at the same time be used to reveal Truth that set us free. [ A sort of accelerated “Separation of the sheep from the goats” ] Victories are great, but we need to love the fight as well because this will be “Church Militant” until “Thy Kingdom come..”